Technical Assistant III (Educ)/Department of Art
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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Categories: College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Skilled
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked
public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate
and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the
scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural
environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition,
the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College,
Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to
the intellectual energy of the region.
Oversees and maintains the wood/metal/CNC/Laser facilities and its equipment
in a safe, functional condition. Orders and/or fabricates appropriate supplies
and equipment. Provides technical supervision and training to faculty,
teaching assistants, and students in the Department of Art to ensure proper
and safe working procedures. Oversees teaching assistants and work-study
employees as required. Logs trainings, and maintains compliance with
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) standards and works closely with EHS
Maintains the wood and metal shop facility and its equipment in a safe,
functional condition. Assures availability of required safety devices to
protect against accidents and health hazards. The shop area comprises of 2
main studios, 1 office, 2 storage areas, 1 assembly/lecture studio, 1
small machining room and 1 room with CNC and laser cutter.
Maintains compliance with EHS standards and works closely with EHS staff.
Calibrates, maintains and repairs wood and metal shop equipment as
necessary. Monitors the dust-collection system. If needed, contracts with
Physical Plant or outside vendors for major repairs.
Designs, fabricates, builds, and installs specialized wood and metal shop
equipment. If needed, contracts with Physical Plant or outside vendors for
installation of major equipment.
Trains faculty, teaching assistants, student employees, and students in
all of the Department's programs, in a classroom setting or individually,
regarding safe shop practices and techniques. Keeps a detailed log of all
Assists students and faculty in the design, execution, and troubleshooting
of custom projects.
Functionally supervises graduate teaching assistants and directly
supervises undergraduate student employees as required.
Demonstrates methods and techniques to sculpture, printmaking, and
painting students during classes, as requested by faculty and under their
Conducts two non-credit workshops per semester for students on subjects
suited to research interests such as framing, art installation, exhibition
design, crate fabrication, and stretcher building.
Develops shop area budget by preparing detailed lists of equipment and
supplies needed; solicits bids from suppliers; acquires needed materials;
reconciles budget and wood and metal shop requirements with Department
Provides technical and safety support to the metals and welding studio
(Studio Arts Building, rooms 148, 148A-D), as required.
Provides technical and safety support to the CNC and laser cutter.
Maintains and regularly cleans the CNC and laser cutter machines.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education,
Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
A minimum of two years-experience with a wide variety of contemporary
powered woodworking and metalworking equipment.
Completion of a course of study in wood sculpture, metal sculpture or
similar program, or a record of work as an artist using wood/metal and
wood/metal working tools.
Knowledge of woodworking and metal working methods and standard analog
woodshop and metal shop tools and equipment including but not limited to
table saw, chop saw, lathe, planer, welders, torches, plasma cutters, band
saws, and shears.
Experience in installing, adjusting, repairing, and/or modifying
woodworking and metal working equipment.
Working knowledge of hand tools and sharpening.
Working knowledge of different types of wood, metals and other materials
as well as sources of supply.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education,
Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Knowledge in use, maintenance, and repair of digital fabrication equipment
including CNC router and laser cutter is preferred.
Knowledge of Adobe and 3D software (such as Rhyno) is preferred.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Physical demands associated with running wood/metal/CNC/Laser facilities
including carrying, stand, and lifting.
37.5 hours per week Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00 pm based on department need.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please apply online and submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and
contact information of three (3) professional references.
On-campus applicants are defined as Amherst campus non-student employees.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to
race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual
orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or
genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic
programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide
services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst
is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or
mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment
and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and
covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the
applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal
opportunity and affirmative action.
Advertised: May 27 2021 Eastern Daylight Time